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Feedback needed on zero-waste sewing instructions

ChaoticFabricTales | Posted in Pattern Discussion on

Hi guys,

Sorry to ask this but I wrote some sewing instructions for a zero waste dress pattern and I would like to ask if you could have a look at them and give some feedback.

This is used for my thesis, other than your name (username or other fake names) no information will be asked. this to make sure it remains as private as possible. I’m okay with replying on the site or underneath this message, whichever is better for you 🙂

Thank you in advance




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    DonMcCunn | | #1

    I'd suggest you change your description from zero waste to minimum waste and also specify the width of fabric you are using. Fabric comes in 36", 44", and 60" widths. What is minimum waste in 36" fabric is going to be major waste in 60" fabric.

    The major issue is that you have not supplied a single measurement of what you expect people to use: bust, waist, hips, center front? Your construction steps would also make it next to impossible for someone to fit the garment. (Ideally fit should be 1. shoulder, 2. darts, 3. side seam.) Your darts for the top would only be appropriate for someone who is extremely flat chested, like an "A" cup. Quite frankly I think for most people this would not provide a satisfactory fit even if you did specify measurements.

    I would suggest you make up a sample and photograph it. Something you will probably not be told in fashion classes, dress forms do not represent real people's bodies. Also specify what fabrics this intended for. It is one thing to develop a design in theory and quite another to verify it is going to work in reality.

    Sorry for being so honest, but you did ask.

    1. ChaoticFabricTales | | #2

      Thank you very much for your honest reply, it is very helpful :)

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